‘Stadium instead of sofa! Fighting ghosts’ games: German soccer fans protest the Bundesliga back outside the Cologne stadium ahead of their first match against Mainz
- German soccer fans protest in the Bundesliga which is staged without fans
- The poster was placed near the Cologne ground before the match against Mainz
- Fans believe they must be allowed in so they can support their team financially
- A sofa was also placed outside the Cologne stadium as part of the protest
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German soccer fans show their anger on Bundesliga staged behind closed doors with protests far from social outside the Cologne stadium.
Ahead of Cologne’s match against Mainz at the RheinEnergie Stadium on Sunday afternoon, fans who were not impressed put up posters and even laid sofas outside the ground to express their frustration in matching matches at home.
Stadium is not a sofa! Fight ghost game! ‘was written on the couch outside the Cologne land
Sofa was placed ahead of the Cologne match against Mainz on Sunday afternoon
The words’ stadium instead of the Sofa! Fight ghost game! sprayed in red on the couch outside the empty stadium.
Meanwhile, the poster displays the message: ‘Our money is more important than your health’, outlining the view that keeping football financially stable by recognizing fans is a greater priority than limiting the spread of disease.
In Germany, no more than 300 people are permitted to enter or exit the stadium on match day. This allows players, coaches, medical staff, club officials and several media teams to be allowed into the venue.
German soccer fans protest against the Bundesliga, which is staged behind closed doors
A poster outside the Cologne stadium says ‘our money is more important than your health’
On the ground, substitute players sit in the stands to respect the rules of social distance of two meters
Only 300 people can enter the German stadium but some media personnel are allowed into
In the match itself, substitute players are often seen sitting in the stands to respect the rules of social distance as far as two meters, while players on the field are advised against the team’s celebration after scoring a goal.
Players and managers were also seen punching or touching elbows instead of shaking hands before, during and after the match.
In total, 17 matches in Germany’s first and second divisions were played over the weekend, all of which were played without the presence of fans in the stadium.
The only match that was not held this weekend was Dynamo Dresden’s clash at home against Hannover, after two players from the home team tested positive for the virus and the whole team was forced into isolation.
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